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Judicial Review of Decisions to Kill American Citizens Under the AUMF: The Most Important Case You Missed Last Week

A federal judge says courts should review the U.S. government’s decision-making process when it decides to target a U.S. citizen as part of the armed conflict authorized by the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force.

Federal Law Enforcement

Livestream: FBI Director and Justice Department Inspector General Testify on Clinton Email Investigation Report

FBI Director Christopher Wray and Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on last Friday’s inspector general report on the FBI’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. The hearing will begin at 2:00 p.m. Watch the livestream below: 


ICYMI: Former Attorney General Dick Thornburgh Urges Republicans to Defend the Mueller Investigation and the Justice Department

In case you missed it, or missed Benjamin Wittes’s subsequent tweet commending it, former attorney general Dick Thornburgh had an important op-ed in the Washington Post last week—headlined “We Republicans Must All Speak out to Protect the Mueller Investigation”—in which he defends Bob Mueller, his investiga


The Lawfare Podcast: All Things Inspector General...and Emails!

This week, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz released a gigantic report on the FBI's handling of the Clinton emails matter/investigation during the 2016 election cycle. On Friday, Benjamin Wittes got together with Quinta Jurecic, Lawfare's managing editor; Carrie Cordero, former Justice Department official and Lawfare contributor; and Marty Lederman of Just Security and the Georgetown Law school, to talk about the whole report.

Federal Law Enforcement

The Inspector General on the FBI in Fall 2016: How a Fateful Delay Set the Stage for the Ultimate October Surprise

The Inspector General report yields disturbing inferences about the situational awareness of former FBI Director James Comey and the judgment of several senior FBI officials involved in the Clinton investigation, including former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

Campaign 2016

Document: Justice Department Inspector General Final Report on Clinton Email Investigation

On Thursday, the Justice Department’s inspector general released its final report on conduct by FBI and Justice Department leadership during the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server. The full report is below.

Donald Trump

Document: New York Attorney General Sues Trump Foundation for Campaign Coordination and Self-Dealing

On Thursday, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood sued the Trump Foundation and its board of directors in state court for “extensive unlawful political coordination with the Trump presidential campaign, repeated and willful self-dealing transactions to benefit Mr.

Material Support

Enslaved and Forced to Watch Her Husband Dig His Own Grave—And Labeled A Terrorist As A Result

A recent Board of Immigration Appeals case concluded that a woman who was kidnapped and forced into labor for El Salvadoran guerrillas is a material supporter of terrorism and therefore ineligible for asylum. 

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